|Rhode Island Disaster Animal Response Team|
|Hurricane News RIDART opened Thayer Arena on October 28th for Hurricane Sandy evacuations. Volunteers staffed the registration desk.
As a RIDART volunteer you have committed to assist in disaster and emergency situations when local resources have been exhausted. It is your priority to first safeguard your own pet(s) before deploying for RIDART. If you have not created a preparedness plan for your home, follow the link to the Humane Society of the United States Disaster Preparedness for Pets to do so.
The documentary Mine portrays the innate bond between humans and their animals challenged by one of the worst disasters in modern U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina. This powerful and emotional video stresses the severe importance of disaster preparedness and first responder training for all DART members.
Click the link to watch the trailer for "Mine: The Movie"
Volunteers must submit a 3-page application, which includes a pledge to adhere to the RIDART Code of Conduct, and a recent (no more than one-year-old) criminal background check.
Click here to download the Application Form, download BCI Authorization Form and click here for instructions on how to get a background check. Submit a copy of these two documents (the application and BCI check) to the address below, and you're done. It's that simple!
If you have leadership skills, on the application please mention your interest in volunteering for a Shelter Management Team.
Only a little screening, coordination, and specialized training are required. In particular, all volunteers must gain certification in ICS and NIMS (the Incident Command and National Incident Management Systems).
The US government makes that certification available for free through on-line independent study. The courses are called "Introduction to ICS" (IS-100) and "Introduction to NIMS" (IS-700). To get started, just click on IS-100 and IS-700 here.
Many more Independent Study courses that are free and provide certificates can be found on-line at http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp. RIDART also sponsors training events throughout the year. These opportunities are posted on the calendar to the left, as soon as details are available.
|AVMF Disaster Training Sponsorship|
Dr. Marshall introducing volunteers to the emergency supplies on the trailors.
Volunteers creating an inventory supply list for the trailors.
Volunteers loading essential supply materials onto the transport trailors.
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Check out RIDART's new Facebook page, which includes a link to photos from the 2009 RIDART Summit.
|RHODE ISLAND DISASTER ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM|